Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

Got Leftovers? Here's How to Use Them!

November 9, 2020
Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich
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For us, leftovers are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving. Here are quick and easy leftovers recipes that recycle holiday food into new and delicious meals.

Truth be told, it’s the Thanksgiving leftovers that really get us excited. (Rule: Make enough so Grandpa gets his beloved Thanksgiving sandwiches). If you want to push your boundaries beyond the sandwich, here are some fun ideas—from cranberry parfaits to stuffing egg nests.

Day-After Turkey Hash

Here’s a tasty way to use turkey leftovers. Use an 11- to 12-inch skillet to recycle the leftovers from your Thanksgiving or Christmas feast into a breakfast hash.

Tukey hash
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Stuffing Egg Nests

This recipe uses two ingredients: leftover stuffing and eggs. That’s it! Check out our video to see How to Make Egg Nests.

Egg nests

Potato Bread

Use up the mashed potatoes to make this wonderfully soft and flavorful bread! Watch video on How to Make Potato Bread.

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Turkey Tacos

This recipe for Turkey Tacos makes a basic soft taco, but add or subtract ingredients as you see fit!


Cranberry Parfait

How about using extra cranberry sauce in a yogurt parfait? It’s great for Thanksgiving leftovers!

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Squash Risotto

This squash risotto just keeps on going! Use leftover acorn or butternut squash to make rice pancakes the next day.

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Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake

Kids and adults both love this—be prepared for lots of requests for the recipe! Serve it with coffee, of course, but also as a snack or dessert.

cranberry swirl coffee cake
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10 More Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

We have oodles of ways to use leftovers. Try some of these recipes:

We hope you enjoy some of these recipe ideas and would love to hear if you try any of them. Enjoy those Thanksgiving leftovers!


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We never know what to do with

We never know what to do with leftovers.


Thank you all for these recipes!
every year we do the "reheat the turkey or make sandwiches" routine...
and every year it gets more & more boring.
But thanks to you, this year we will break the routine make something wonderful! TY !!